NFL Draft: Who could be the Green Bay Packers’ first pick?

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Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Maxx Williams (88) catches a pass for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Texas Bowl as Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker Peter Westerhaus (18). Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota (6-4, 250)

It’s always good to throw in a wildcard pick. My wildcard pick for the Packers in the first round is Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams.

As a redshirt sophomore, it was a bit of a surprise this month when Williams announced he would enter the 2015 NFL draft, but the Minnesota prospect has all of skills to excel as a tight end in the NFL.

In 2014, Williams led the Gophers in receiving with 29 receptions for 471 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had similar receiving numbers as a freshman in 2013.

Williams is a big, athletic tight end with decent speed and great hands. He’ll make the tough catches over the middle of the field or post up defensive backs in the redzone. There are still some questions about his run blocking ability, but Williams offers a lot on the field as a receiver.

Williams was smart to enter the draft this season because this year’s tight end group is really lacking early-round talent. Williams could be the first tight end off the board and Green Bay just may want to nab him at the end of the first round.

The Packers have to like Richard Rodgers‘ development this season, but they could still use another receiving weapon at the tight end position. Andrew Quarless may also leave after the 2015 season and there is no telling if Brandon Bostick will be back after this season.

The Packers would be smart to add depth to tight end through the draft this offseason.